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Incubus Return With 'If Not Now, When?'

By April 5, 2011

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Incubus haven't had a new studio album in five years, but they'll be returning on July 12 with their forthcoming disc, If Not Now, When? The album finds the group reuniting with producer Brendan O'Brien, who oversaw their previous two records, and according to frontman Brandon Boyd If Not Now will in some ways be a continuation of what Incubus have done before.

"I think it's really gonna appeal to the people who've been following us a long time," Boyd told Noisecreep recently. "It's continuing on our long and winding road of sharing art with people." Still, Boyd feels that the new record "is different from anything that we've done," calling it "that next phase. We're gonna kind of challenge our fans with this one, but I'm excited about that. I think that's what needs to happen."

Incubus haven't put out a studio album since 2006's Light Grenades, but in some ways it doesn't seem like the band have been away that long. Part of the reason is because they released a greatest-hits-plus-extras collection, Monuments and Melodies, in 2009, but it's also thanks to "Love Hurts," a Light Grenades track that became an unexpected hit almost two full years after that album came out.

It's perhaps a good thing that Incubus were able to main their visibility with old material since their frontman has had to suffer through some personal issues of late. "I just turned 35 in February," Boyd said. "The past couple of years were, I'll just say, educational. I went through pretty weird and wild health scares where my body was kind of shutting down in certain ways. I went through a great deal of physical pain, and the way I decided to look at it was sort of a late rite of passage. As a result, a lot of the lyrics on this record have been dealing a lot with pain and transcendence."

If you want to get a hint of what he's talking about, you can check out "Adolescents," the album's first single.

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